Over the years the charity has provided assistance to many small projects which include health and hygiene programmes including hospital equipment, education and school sponsorship, social welfare concerns, vocational and teacher training plus environment and construction projects notably of community and school toilets. More details of the previous projects and achievements may be found in the History of the Charity but an overview of the charity activities is as follows.
Health The initial focus of the charity in relation to health was the funding of rural clinics for women and babies which were held monthly in five rural locations. As clinics are now based at the hospital then this project is no longer required. Today, training in health and sanitation in schools has become the focus. More recently the women’s group in Gorkha have liaised with the hospital to develop women’s health education for rural women. Many medical students from the UK and overseas have undertaken their elective placements within the local hospital where strong links have now developed, with medical as well as occupational therapy students also helping to support the local community via involvement in charity projects.
Education Over the years many children from the poorest families have been sponsored through the charity to enable them to attend school. Today at least 50 children are sponsored each year by individuals and GDS fundraising and now includes supporting ‘A’Level studies in school and BSc students at a nearby Campus. Equipment has been provided including uniforms, books, sports and music equipment. Volunteers are encouraged to help by teaching, and providing general help with English language in the local schools and college.
Community Groups and Projects Through our sister charity in Nepal known as GDHEDS (Gorkha Development Health and Education Scheme) we work with local community groups such as the Gorkha Women’s Association (GWA) which was formed through the Charity links and remain key to what we do, and the Youth Movement for the Environment (TYME) which is no longer active. Many social programmes and skills and craft based projects have been supported to help the local women and other groups. Representatives of each NGO has been on the GDHEDS committee and through this we have been able to link with the community needs.
Volunteers and Electives Up to 100 volunteers and medical electives have traveled to Gorkha through the Charity. The medical electives have gained valuable experience in the local hospital in Gorkha, and other volunteers have been involved in some of our many projects over the years, including teaching, health care, and transference of a wide range of skills. More recently, Occupational Therapy is being seen as a way we can contribute to a number of situations including support for stroke victims, disabled children and learning needs and potentially prisoners support.
Current projects Today the Charity aims to provide funds for ongoing projects within Gorkha and the surrounding district with regular Hygiene Education Programme which provides classes to school children to ensure better awareness of health and hygiene and recent development of women’s health for rural women to include prolapse prevention and assistance.